Stoltenberg to remain as NATO’s Secretary-General

On Thursday (24 March), Conservative leader Erna Solberg said that it is important that Stoltenberg continues as NATO Secretary-General.  [EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

Norwegian politicians from all sides backed Jens Stoltenberg’s reappointment as NATO’s Secretary-General until 2023, with former Conservative Prime Minister and political rival Ema Solberg among them.

On Thursday (24 March), Conservative leader Erna Solberg said that it is important that Stoltenberg continues as NATO Secretary-General.

“We are in the middle of a crisis with a large security policy dimension. Then it is important to have continuity in the leadership of NATO”, she said.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labour Party) also said that he is pleased that Stoltenberg will continue to serve as NATO’s Secretary-General.

“That all NATO member countries want Jens Stoltenberg to continue as Secretary-General in the turbulent times we are now in, is a recognition of the solid job he has done and the importance he has for NATO”, Støre wrote in a text message to VG.

“Never before has the alliance been stronger, and never before in the alliance’s history has unity been more important”, Støre added.

Even Liberal Party’s deputy leader Sveinung Rotevatn, one of the strongest critics of Stoltenberg’s candidacy as the new Norges Bank CEO, praised his decision. He pointed out that, should the bank have a governor that has been both prime minister and party leader, the bank’s independence could be damaged.

“First and foremost, it is good that Stoltenberg will continue the good work he does as Secretary-General of NATO. For the sake of the central bank, this is also a sensible decision”, Rotevatn wrote in a text message to VG.

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